Political theory describes an activity rather than a body of knowledge — it is something we ‘do’ rather than something we ‘know about’, and we do political theory whenever we reason and argue about important political questions. This book aims to help you to become better at these activities by introducing you to some of the most important arguments to have been proposed by political theorists writing today and in the recent past, focussing mostly on work that has been produced in the last three decades. Exploring how these authors develop their theories and probe those of their rivals will help you to better understand what is at stake in political argument and what you yourself think about important issues. Moreover, it will also help you to make arguments for yourself and to evaluate those you come across in ordinary political life.
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